productivity

Bad Meetings: And What to Do About Them…

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We’ve all had those days. The days where we go from meeting to meeting, only to find that at the end of the day, we didn’t get anything productive done. Bad meetings are the cause. We get frustrated and think, “What a waste of time!” Yet, it happens again and again. For multiple reasons: people schedule meetings that don’t need to happen; they invite people that don’t need to be there; hold meetings for much longer than they should; they don’t have a purpose or an agenda; and they waste our precious time.

Yet, what do we do? We keep accepting the meeting invitations, in hopes that this next one will be different. David Grady calls this phenomenon MAS, or Mindless Accept Syndrome. An involuntary reflex in which a person accepts a meeting invitation without even thinking why. A common illness among office workers worldwide.

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Be Present. Be Mindful.

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“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Increase Productivity: Slowing Down to Speed Up

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I recently listened to an interview with Mario Andretti. When asked his best advice to business leaders, his response caught my attention. It was a way to increase productivity. He responded, “Slow down so you can speed up.”

Now you might be thinking that makes no sense. That doesn’t really apply to business.

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Are you productive or just busy?

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Everywhere we go these days people have been telling us, “I’m so busy!”  Our first thought is “Great! It’s good to be busy.” But then we have to ask, “Are you busy or productive?” There is a difference.

How do you know if you are doing the right things at the right time?

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Today an Employee. Tomorrow a Manager.

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Jack is really good at what he does. He shows up on time. Gets his work done. He helps his co-workers. He’s efficient – a good “do-er.” So you decide to promote Jack to a management position. Now, he’s struggling and not meeting your expectations. How many times have we seen this scenario?

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